Latest modern slavery fight updates -

Is Sex Work Negotiation Safer Online?

  • Published on
    February 19, 2016
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
Hero Banner

Is sex work safer to negotiate online? Last month, Seattle area authorities seized a website that brought sex workers and clients together in order to negotiate prostitution, which is a felony.  Both advertisers and potential clients of the website were arrested during subsequent raids…

This example is one of numerous initiatives that human rights advocates call an ongoing war against sex under the guise of fighting sex trafficking.

A gay escort site called was shut down last year.  Also major credit card companies were asked to stop processing payments for, a classified ad site.  And in 2014,, a west coast site that ran ads and tips about sex work more safely was closed down.

Some advocates argue that advertising online allows sex workers to more carefully screen potential customers, negotiate safe sex (i.e. sex with condoms), and work indoors.  These closures represent a crusade to stamp out advertising outlets for sex workers. But that’s not how law enforcement portrays it. They claim to be fighting sex trafficking, which federal law defines as the recruitment, harboring, transportation or obtaining of a person for commercial sex through the use of force, fraud or coercion. If the American public wants to spend taxpayer dollars to prosecute people for operating adult websites, that’s one thing. But it’s disingenuous for law enforcement to wrap these raids in the mantle of combatting sex trafficking because that is not what’s going on here at all.

Their view says that these closures are a crusade to stamp out advertising outlets for sex workers. Law enforcement, however, disagrees, asserting that are fighting sex trafficking–the recruitment, harboring, transportation or obtaining of a person for commercial sex through the use of force, fraud or coercion.

To read the entire article, click on the website below.

View Article on Los Angeles Times


Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

European cocaine gangs using forced labor to exploit children

A recent investigation by The Guardian found the continent’s £10bn appetite for cocaine has led to forced child labor on an equally massive scale. Increasingly powerful drug cartels are forcing hundreds, possibly thousands, of unaccompanied child migrants to work as drug sellers on European streets. They do this to meet the growing demand for cocaine in cities including Paris and Brussels. Industrial scale exploitation The increase in refugees

| Tuesday June 11, 2024

Read more